In today’s world, women are waiting until their 30s and even 40s to have children. This trend is a result of multiple factors. Women are earning degrees and furthering their education, so they have a desire to start a career versus having a family. Additionally, finances play a major role in deciding whether or not to have children. Furthermore, many women feel like they need to choose one or the other: their careers or having a family. They think that they can’t have the best of both worlds. So, does a woman need to give up a career in order to have a baby? Let’s take a look at some options.
In the traditional sense, the mother stays at home and raises the children while the father works and financially provides for the family. That is not the case today. Most families can’t afford to have a one-income household. So, what are the options for women who have to work in order to meet the financial needs of the family? Women can opt for part-time work if feasible. They can also try to work it out so a family member takes care of the baby a couple days of week rather than having to pay expensive costs for daycare.
Some employers offer year-long maternity leaves for new mothers. Although most of this time off is unpaid, it gives the mother the ability to spend the first year at home with her baby, and then pursue her career once the baby is a bit older. This may require some advanced financial saving on the couple’s part prior to having the baby, but it will be worth it in the long run.
Another option for women is to work from home. A lot of companies are now turning to outsourcing work to freelancers in order to cut back on office costs. Take advantage of these situations and work from home if that is the right fit for you and your family. Once your child or children are in school, perhaps you will want to get back into the office. It will be much easier if you continue to work from home, or work part-time because you will be able to continue networking.
Whatever path you choose, it’s satisfying to know that there are several options for today’s mothers who want to start a family, but still continue on with their careers. Choosing a career over having a family, or vice versa, no longer has to be a pressing issue in today’s world if you take advantage of the opportunities available.